Since September 2015 my life has been a roller coaster of change. Not to bore you with the blow by blow details, but the bottom-line is that last fall my home and ministry moved from a quiet little mountain town southwest of Denver, Colorado to the beautiful green countryside near Nashville, Tennessee.
Not sure if any of you have ever picked up and moved across the United States. It is not anything I would recommend if you are faint at heart. Imagine handling every little piece, every box, every drawer, every shelf, every closet in your entire house. After touching that item you have one of four decisions:
1). Is it important enough to put it in the 10 x 12 pod?
2). Should I “re-home” it at a very reduced price via the online garage sale?
3). Is it valuable enough to take it to the local goodwill?
4). Does it just need to be shared with the Waste Management folks?
Once here in Tennessee I began the process of finding all the new places that would be part of my daily routine like groceries and gas and such. Then there was the Driver’s License and Car Registration ordeal. It actually took three trips to the Car Registration office to get that done. It has literally taken my husband and I an entire year to feel “settled” in to our new life here in Tennessee.
Change is always hard for me. I’ve never liked change. This is why God has to make it VERY CLEAR to me when it is time to move on. Otherwise, I will hang around until the last dog dies and there is no air to breathe.
The one verse that got me through the entire ordeal was Colossians 1:17. “And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” I just kept repeating to myself, “He is before all things that touch me.” This gave me so much comfort to know that letting go of my Colorado life was something God already had gone before me in. It was no surprise to Him. He went to Tennessee and prepared a place for me before I even knew the plan. He held me together through all the transition.
Looking back, I am amazed…as Paul would say, “sorely amazed” at what a good job God did in preparing my new ministry home in Tennessee. It truly was “more than I could ask or imagine.” Ephesians 3:20 came to life and I’m living in it today. He has truly done “more than I ever asked or could have dreamed of.”
It seems trite to say, but “God is good.” God truly is good all the time.